Metabolic vitalities should help go over the opposition between city and nature, allowing mixing architecture, urban design and landscape architecture.
Register: SEP/17/2021, Submit: SEP/17/2021, Eligibility: Professionals under the age of 40 years old; graduated architects, urban planners, landscape architects, engineers, architecture students or related disciplines, artists; individually, (multidisciplinary) teams with an unlimited number of members (team members can be and sociologists, geographers, biologists; team leader must be an architect), Fee: 100 EUR, each additional site: 50 EUR, Awards: Each of 40 sites – Winner: 12,000 EUR, Runner-up: 6,000 EUR, Special Mentions; taxes included
In the conditions of the Anthropocene – a new bio-geological period where human activities on the global scale have a destructive impact on life on earth – how to face climate change and inequalities? How to imagine other possibilities to inhabit the planet Earth? The Europan 16 topic focuses on living cities as a new paradigm, in which new kinds of synergies can be considered between the environmental, biological, social, economic, cultural and political dimensions. This paradigm leads us to think in terms of co-evolution and interactions, and to work with regenerative project dynamics, combining metabolic and inclusive vitalities.
Metabolic vitalities should help go over the opposition between city and nature, allowing the Europan projects – mixing architecture, urban design and landscape architecture – to identify and to negotiate with an ensemble of transformations. These transformations take natural elements into account like water, material flows, energy… which are all part of the life cycles. These new relations generate inhabited milieus. These milieus are considered as complex ecosystems creating flows (with entries and exits) and in constant evolution. Developing such cyclic processes (natural cycles, circular economy cycle) leads the design process to minimize the environmental footprint and the consumption of non-renewable energy, and to promote new forms of dwelling. Metabolic vitalities encourage design processes on different scales. The recycling competence, the enhancement of organic or energy material, the adaptation to climate change, the integration of nature and biodiversity are as many metabolic vitalities that Europan 16 sites should trigger to allow their own transformation into ecosystems between nature and culture.
Urban environments are facing increasing inequalities and conflicts produced by invisibility, exclusion, marginalization, and inaccessibility to housing, to work, to education and to public services. To fight against these social fractures, inhabited milieus should become places where new inclusive policies and practices are supported. Inclusive vitalities put on the foreground modes of doing that can support territorial justice articulating social and ecological concerns. Issues of accessibility to public infrastructures and to housing should get a predominant role, promoting conviviality. Taking care of living environments could promote inclusion by transforming marginalised spaces into places of exchange, co-learning and biodiversity. This could allow new inclusive narratives of inhabited environments across scales and generations, promoting new forms participatory democracy. When choosing the sites, when defining the programmatic frames that come with their evolution, and when judging the participants’ proposals, Europan 16 will emphasise on the consideration of the inclusive dimension of the inhabited milieus.
If we want to face these social and environmental emergencies, we have to address new creative and responsible project dynamics, which should be able to reconnect with the cycles and rhythms of the living nature, associating metabolic and inclusive vitalities.
The Europan 16 sites should therefore consider these two dimensions in their transformation goals. How can the project spatialize and, at the same time, spare resources, common goods, recycling processes, hybridisations, sharing and the different temporalities?
SITES AND THEMES
On these sites, the impetus for the transformation comes from the territory and from the use of all the resources (natural, ecological, infrastructural) to regenerate them.
1. Reinforcing Biodiversity
The driving force of change is the transformation of the (urban) ecology.
- Sites: Bitonto (IT), Madrid (ES), Namur (BE), Västerås (SE)
2. Transforming from the Infrastructures
The starter for a change is the evolution of the networks integrating a new logic of mobility.
- Sites: Klagenfurt (AT), La Porte du Hainaut (FR), Risøy (NO), Varberg (SE)
3.. Making Territories Performative
The territory needs to be reconnected to its social context to add new creative and cultural qualities.
- Sites: Alzira (ES), Bassens / Bordeaux Métropole (FR), Douaisis Agglo (FR), Fagerstrand (NO), Wernigerode (DE)
New energy has to be found for these sites through a treatment that respects the existing environment introducing specific elements and actions able to develop a resilient city.
1. Dynamizing Landscapes
The sites present a potential to develop a landscape that strongly animates new developments, granting them qualities in the sense of creating a living milieu, integrating rich biodiversity in the realm of public spaces.
- Sites: Grenoble (FR), Pont Aven (FR), Schwäbisch Gmünd (DE)
2. Intensifying Districts
The sites address the scale of a larger neighbourhood that needs to be requalified and intensified, as well as to be enriched with different qualities, such as uses, public space, natural elements, etc.
- Sites: Almendralejo (ES), Barcelona (ES), Biel/Bienne (CH), Levanger (NO), Linz (AT)
3. Stimulating Interfaces
The sites are at a crossing-point of different areas, making them important mediators, but also in-between places that can stimulate the quality of the neighbouring areas.
- Sites: Aulnat (FR), Graz (AT), Quimper (FR), Roquetas de Mar (ES), Selb (DE)
Care is about recognizing the vulnerability of our living milieu. It is about finding new design ways to pay attention to marginalized, hurt, or ignored areas and help to repair them.
1. Valorizing Natural Elements and Landscapes
Sites are located at the edge of parks and forests or situated within agricultural or planted areas. The projects’ actors have to embrace mechanisms of care for natural and manmade landscapes. The sites may be transformed into interfaces with porous edges to support the habitats of the landscapes.
- Sites: Carouge (CH), Hjertelia (NO), Karlskoga (SE), Niort (FR)
2. Dealing with New Uses
The sites have available building stock at the end of their first or second life cycles. The sites lack strategic uses that could support the transition of the building stock to another life cycle. it is crucial to take care of relations between the uses, the inhabitants, and the building stock itself.
- Sites: Brussels Capital Region (BE), Istres (FR), Landshut (DE), Limoges (FR), San Donà Venezia (IT)
3. Reinventing Rurality and Productive Heritage
The sites are heritage-related, regarding previous forms of production or related to rurality. Part of the challenge is about taking care of such areas with little means of economy by revalorizing the existing as an asset to living and working in the countryside.
- Sites: Aalst (BE), Auneuil (FR), Beizama (ES), Esparreguera – Colonia Sedó (ES), Ettlingen (DE)
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